Ana, come and change your son, it smells, said the man lying on the couch, with the beer next to him. You know what, you change him, he'll be one year old soon and you never changed him. I can't, I feel like throwing up. Ana raised an eyebrow, so the man knew it's no joke. He counted in his mind, took a deep breath and undid the diaper. His face whitened. With her eyes on him, Ana sprawled on the couch and took a big sip of beer from the man's bottle. See? You can do it. It's the beginning that's difficult. And you're saying we should have another baby?

(Translated by Ecaterina Bucovanu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In July 2021, the group has 6.800 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes every few days. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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